The statements made by AICC in-charge of state affairs Gulam Nabi Azad and Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde invited the wrath of the Telangana protagonists who threatened to intensify the agitation targeting the Congress leaders, ministers and MLAs, while T Congress leaders gave mixed reactions.
TJAC chairman Prof Kodandaram said the Congress party had once again cheated the people. “I do not understand how many times the chief minister and PCC president have to be consulted.” Time has come when the Centre has to clearly say Yes or No. “We have no faith in the centre. Even T Congress leaders don’t stand united and in a firm manner,” he said.
Kodandaram said even recently leaders of all regions met the high command and expressed their opinion. The Chief Minister and the PCC president spend more time in Delhi than in Hyderabad and why were they not consulted, he asked. Kodandaram said TJAC would now intensify the agitation targeting the Congress party and Congress leaders.
While T Congress MP Gutta Sukhender Reddy condemned the statement made by Azad and Shinde, K Jana Reddy and K Keshav Rao exuded confidence that the issue would be sorted out soon. Jana Reddy said that he was confident that a favourable decision would be made by the Centre very soon and appealed to all T leaders and parties to show restraint and maintain peace. K Keshav Rao while expressing dissatisfaction over the Centre seeking further time, said that he would cooperate with the Centre though a final decision was further delayed.
The T Congress leaders finding themselves in a piquant situation said that they would meet on 29th to finalise their action plan. TRS leader T Harish Rao wondered as to how many more consultations the Centre needed to indulge in. He felt it amounted to put the issue once again in cold storage. He said they would not accept anything short of separate state with Hyderabad as its exclusive capital. Rao demanded all Congress leaders from the region to resign and join the agitation to achieve the goal.
On December 9, 2009, the then Home Minister P Chidambaram betrayed the people of Telangana and today Shinde did the same thing again. Rao said the TRS executive which would be meeting on February 5 would discuss the issue and finalise the next course of action plan. He said the TRS would also go to court and expose how Congress leaders like KVP Ramachandra Rao and Lagadapati had cheated the region.
TRS leader T Harish Rao participating in Samara Deeksha at Indira Park on Sunday.
He said the Congress would be buried in the region.KT Ramarao said that the Congress was behaving in a most undemocratic manner. This was not an internal matter of the party to hold unending consultations. The state Congress leaders did not have spine. The TRS will intensify agitation targeting Congress leaders without causing any inconvenience to the common man. Their slogan will be “Congress ko Khatam Karo, Telangana ko Hasil Karo.”
CPI state secretary K Narayana said that the Congress high command had once again displayed its suicidal tendencies by seeking more time. The government which said it would make an announcement within one month now wanted more time and this sounds ridiculous. This would result in creating rift between the people of all regions once again. If the agitation took a serious turn, the Centre would have to take the responsibility for any ugly situation.
Another CPI leader G Mallesh reacted more sharply saying that “Azad has no brains.” He said in the past also he had acted against the interests of separate state. He said there was no meaning in holding further consultations. He demanded that the Centre announce a route map. Chada Venkatreddy, also CPI, said that Azad was behaving like a descendant of Nizam. The region witnessed armed struggle only because of the Nizam dictatorial attitude and the Centre was now showing a similar attitude.
TDP leader M Narsimhulu said it amounted to cheating the people of the region once again. Even if the Centre wanted more time, it should clearly mention a time frame. There was no change in the decision of the party on separate state, he said. TDP politburo member Y Ramakrishnudu said the Centre was further complicating the issue and was triggering another round of avoidable trouble in the state.
Baladeer Gaddar called upon all the 119 Telangana MLAs to resign and join the direct agitation to achieve separate state, He alleged that the Centre was succumbing the pressure of Seemandhra leaders. The Osmania student JAC has decided to take out a Mahapradarsana from Indira Park to Gun Park on Monday. [The Hans India]